Be a Stand Out Recruit

Posted: September 30, 2013 by sammulderig in Tips & Advise

Almost any athlete that wishes to play at the collegiate level will go through the recruiting process. At first, the idea of being recruited by a college coach can be intimidating and an athlete may feel elevated stress to impress a coach. When the pressure to impress begins keep in mind a few of these helpful tips.

The most vital idea to remember during the recruiting process is to always assume someone is watching you. This thought can be interpreted as a negative or positive (I like to think of the glass being half full in this scenario).   Whether it be the last inning of 0-0 game with a runner on third, or just a pre game warm up, what you do during these moments can affect a coach’s recruitment decision. During a pre game warm up, if a college coach sees a player working hard,  hustling after every ball, and getting their team pumped up for game time, that player already left a favorable impression on the coach before the game even began. Utilize the pre game warm up as an opportunity to showcase your skills and attributes because a college coach can learn a lot about a player just from watching them stretch and take batting practice before a game.

When you are in the midst of the recruiting process always bring your best attitude to the plate. It is impossible to say what exactly a college coach looks for in their recruits because each coach is looking for various qualities; having a strong presence on the field will only help you get noticed by a coach. Display your passion and love for the game by cheering on teammates and keeping the energy high. My college coach would always tell my team to focus on “controlling the controllable”. In softball or baseball you may not have one ball hit to you all game but attitude is one thing an athlete has complete control over during a game. Use your attitude to your advantage because, although talent and statistics are essential to a coach, they also pay attention to the details.

Having a college coach come to see you play can be nerve racking, however, try not to let your nerves get the best of you. Pressing to make an outstanding play just to impress a coach could ultimately be your downfall. Instead, channel that excited energy into playing hard. A college coach knows that a single game does not define an athlete so be sure to not put too much pressure on yourself throughout the game. Play to win and because you love being on the field, this confidence will surely be recognizable to a college coach.

Being recruited is a climatic moment in a young athletes life. The actions and decisions made now can contribute to an athlete’s future college career. This process should be new and exciting for a player, not strenuous. Keep these valuable tips in mind during the process to become a stand out recruit.

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